North Korea Threatens Strike on Guam

North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. The announcement came hours after President Trump warned Pyongyang that any threat to the US would be met with "fire and fury"

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects the preparation of the launch of a Hwasong-14 ICBM (Photo: AP)

North Korea's military said on Wednesday that it is considering missile strikes on Guam if Washington presses ahead with a preventive war against it, according to Yonhap news.

The threat was made after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang that if it continued to threaten the US, it would "face fire and fury like the world has never seen."

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the military is "now carefully examining the operational plan for making an enveloping fire at the areas around Guam with the medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12."

Guam is home to about 163,000 people and major US military bases, including the Anderson Air Force Base, where US strategic bombers are based. The island hosts various types of US military weapon systems, including B-1B and B-52 strategic bombers, as well as the THAAD missile defense system.

Tensions have escalated amid the North's talk of retaliation against Washington in response to the UN Security Council's adoption of a new sanctions resolution against the regime for its continued launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

 

[Source: Yonhap news]

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